California law on rideshare drivers may hurt 'gig economy'

Labor activists Wednesday were celebrating California's move to have drivers treated as employees by rideshare firms even as it fueled concerns it will hurt digital platforms depending on the so-called "gig economy."

Automotive

Probe of Tesla crash points to Autopilot 'overreliance'

A January 2018 crash involving a Tesla and a firetruck was due to driver inattention and the "Autopilot" system design that allows motorists to disengage, federal investigators said Wednesday.

Hi Tech & Innovation

Five ways AI could make your car as smart as a human passenger

Driving long distances without a passenger can be lonely. If you've ever done it, you might have wished for a companion to talk to—someone emotionally intelligent who can understand you and help you on the road. The disembodied ...

Automotive

Study: Older drivers need more time to react to road hazards

Imagine you're sitting in the driver's seat of an autonomous car, cruising along a highway and staring down at your smartphone. Suddenly, the car detects a moose charging out of the woods and alerts you to take the wheel. ...

Hi Tech & Innovation

Vehicle-to-vehicle Volvo style to swing big in Europe

Vehicle to vehicle communication is on auto industry minds as an important technology piece determining our safe driving future. Discussions around vehicle to vehicle "connected cars" are all about cars communicating with ...

What are these 'levels' of autonomous vehicles?

As automated and autonomous vehicles become more common on U.S. roads, it's worth a look at what these machines can – and can't – do. At the University of Michigan's Mcity, where I serve as director, we're working to ...

Hi Tech & Innovation

Self-driving cars and humans face inevitable collisions

In 1938, when there were just about one-tenth the number of cars on U.S. roadways as there are today, a brilliant psychologist and a pragmatic engineer joined forces to write one of the most influential works ever published ...

Hi Tech & Innovation

Ford's patent application puts focus on autonomous police vehicles

Drivers thumbing their nose at speed limits may one day get a surprise when the police car springing out to nab them is driverless, if a concept from Ford were to be realized. The automaker filed for a patent for an autonomous ...

Robotics

Hoping for mech racing league comes easy at CES

A crew of supersized exoskeletons ready to race? Well, a machine teased as such, as the machine, of startling proportions, drew attention at CES this week. This curiosity is nearly 15 feet tall, 18 feet wide, and weighs more ...

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